NBC’s ‘Jordan’ crosses up rivals

Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

NBC secured a share of Sunday’s demo lead on the strength of a potent perf by third-year drama “Crossing Jordan,” according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen. The Peacock and Fox tied among adults 18-49 while CBS drew the most viewers overall.

In the 10 o’clock hour, “Crossing Jordan” put up its best numbers since May 2002 (5.4/14 in adults 18-49, 14.7 million viewers overall), building on its lead-in from “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (4.8/11 in adults 18-49, 14.5 million viewers overall) and easily beating both ABC’s “The Practice” (3.4/9 in adults 18-49, 9.9 million viewers overall) and the final hour of CBS’ repeat movie “Jesus” (2.2/6 in adults 18-49, 7.5 million viewers overall).

Elsewhere on the night, Fox again looked stronger by doubling up on “King of the Hill” and “The Simpsons,” with an original and repeat of the latter ruling the 8 o’clock hour in key demos (5.2/13 in adults 18-49, 10.9 million viewers overall). From 9 to 10, “Malcolm in the Middle” averaged a 4.0/9 in adults 18-49 and 9.1 million viewers overall and “Arrested Development” reported a 3.0/7 in the demo and 6.6 million viewers overall.

ABC’s hot reality show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (4.6/12 in adults 18-49, 11.8 million viewers overall) achieved series highs in every key category from kids (3.8/13) to adults 25-54 (5.0/12), giving the Alphabet its best results in the 8 o’clock hour since November 2002.

CBS started the evening strong with a roughly 30-minute college basketball overrun that dominated the 7 o’clock half-hour (5.8/19 in adults 18-49, 18.2 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 3.8/10, tied with Fox, 3.8/10; ABC, 3.6/9; CBS, 3.4/9; WB, 1.1/3.

In total viewers: CBS, 12.7 million; NBC, 11.6 million; ABC, 9.7 million; Fox, 8.1 million; WB, 2.5 million.

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